Playback Screens & Menus

Please excuse the poor quality of these screen captures. The camera does not include an AV cable, therefore we had to photograph the display screen.

Playback screen with minimal camera information shown. The camera remembers which view you have last used and makes that the default view the next time you enter playback, even if you have turned off the camera. Pressing upward on the four-way control cycles the playback view through three views: no information, minimal information (shown above), and detailed information (shown below).

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In detailed information view, you see the basic camera settings listed, along with a histogram and the battery life indicator.

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Using the zoom ring around the shutter button, you can significantly magnify your images in playback to inspect details and focus accuracy.

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Though the display does not indicate the magnification strength in playback, this image is a good indication of how powerful it is (see overall detail in the box at top right).

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Pressing the zoom ring to the left (wide) launches index view, which displays 20 photos. There is just one index view (pictured).

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The playback menu is straightforward. Here you can set up slideshows, make minor edits, and select photos to print or upload. The upload function requires that you use the included Olympus Viewer software on your computer (Windows and Mac).

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The edit options in the playback menu are basic, for the most part. For example, you can not apply any of the filters (magic mode) used in shooting mode after the fact. You can, however, change the file size, crop, add an audio clip, etc. (see below). Photos taken in high-speed burst mode can not be edited.

Edit menu:
  • Change image size: VGA (640x480), QVGA (320x240)
  • Crop
  • Add sound (4-second clip)
  • Beauty fix (see details below)
  • Shadow adjustment (for brightening faces)
  • Redeye fix
  • Rotate image

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The most extensive edit option on this camera is the Beauty Fix feature. In addition to using the Beauty mode position on the mode dial while shooting, you can apply these edits to any image including faces. That is, if the camera is able to recognize a face, which it was not always able to do, in my testing, even at times when the photo was a portrait of a single person.

At its most attractive, the adjustments are subtle and arguably attractive, and not quite as plastic-looking and hideously airbrushed as some others I've tested.

Before you enter the Beauty Fix edit, you are offered an automatic fix. You also can select one of three customizable settings. This offers a lot of flexibility. You can be subtle or go hog-wild and make your subjects look like they just jumped out of the makeup room at the carnival after having a plastic surgery mishap (see example on Sample Photos page). All of the parameters below offer five levels of severity, unless otherwise noted.

Beauty Fix edit menu:
  • Skin softening
  • Skin brightening
  • Blemish fix (on/off)
  • Puffy eye fix (on/off)
  • Slender face
  • Cheek lift
  • Eye enlargement
  • Eye brightening
  • Eye color (5 shades)
  • Lipstick (5 shades)
  • Teeth enhance
  • Teeth whitening
  • Smile enhance
  • Eye liner (5 shades)
  • Eye shadow (5 shades)
  • Eyelashes (5 shades)
  • Blush (5 shades)
  • Soft focus
  • Sparkle

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The cheek lift feature is a lot cheaper than plastic surgery, and, well, it looks it. It's fun, nonetheless, if you like playing with facial distortions.

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When previewing a movie before playback, you use the upward position on the four-way control (info) to add or remove settings information from the display. Shown is the default display without any camera information. Pressing the info button will add file number and date/time information.

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A second press on the info button will reduce the size of the movie preview image and add exposure compensation, white balance, and file size information.

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